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X82.569 Elephant mask


Not Currently On View in Intersections


Object Name: Elephant mask
Cultural Group: Bamileke peoples
Place of Origin: Cameroon
Date: 20th century
Materials Used: Beads, cotton, wood
Dimensions: H: 150.0 cm, W: 71.5 cm, D: 6.0 cm (H: 59.1 in, W: 28.1 in, D: 2.4 in)
Credit line and Accession Number: Anonymous gift. X82.569

Striking beaded or tufted masks emulating elephants were the prerogative of the Kuosi association in the Bamileke region and were performed during funerals and public ceremonies to ensure prosperity. Formerly a society of warriors, the Kuosi association’s substantial dues eventually came to restrict membership to the wealthy. During performances, luxurious materials and royal symbols covered the Kuosi dancers’ bodies, revealing their affluence and high status.

Gallery text, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006

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